Greetings from Santa Ana College! Excitement and anticipation continue to grow as our community and campus safely emerge from the pandemic. Currently, we are delighted to provide face-to-face classes on campus for Summer Session, with even more scheduled on site for Fall. Renovations around the college, including the remodeling of the Science and Johnson Student Centers, will welcome students to enhanced, state-of-the-art learning environments. In addition, we are thrilled to invite all 2021 California high school graduates to attend classes tuition-free as part of our expanded SAC Promise program! There is certainly a lot to look forward to as the new school year approaches, but we are also eager to share the most recent news and accomplishments of our SAC family. Read on to learn more!
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Commencement Ceremony at Angel Stadium Celebrates 2020 and 2021 Graduates
Santa Ana College's 105th commencement ceremony was a first-of-its-kind event as two graduating classes were celebrated in person at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Tuesday, June 1st. Delight and enthusiasm filled the stadium as family and friends supported and cheered their graduates, who stood and waived when their names were announced. Safety precautions were in place and the ceremony was livestreamed for families and friends who were unable to attend.
Excited graduates during Commencement
SAC Stands United with AAPI and LGBTQ+ Communities
“Sharing Our Stories" was the theme for SAC's heartfelt celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, which encompassed a variety of events featuring cultural leaders, including our own faculty, staff, and students. While Pride Month officially launches in June, our campus began celebrating in May (before the Spring semester concluded), with events that included Open Mic Night and movie screenings. Everyone at SAC was invited to demonstrate their support with festive Zoom backgrounds for both occasions.
Asian Pacific American Heritage and Pride Months celebrated at SAC
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Upward Bound Student Featured in Voice of OC
SAC hosts a number of programs designed to inspire K-12 students to pursue higher education, including
Upward Bound, a college preparatory program that provides eligible high school students rigorous academic support and guidance toward a post-secondary education. Stephania Sanchez, a student at Valley High School, was invited to join the program in early 2021. Sanchez's experience moved her to pen an opinion piece in the local publication,
Voice of OC, writing in part, “Without this program, many Santa Ana students wouldn't have the ongoing assistance and encouragement to be ready and successful through their education after high school. Nor would we have a variety of opportunities for academic enrichment like this online reading club."
Click here to read Sanchez's opinion piece: Santa Ana Students Bound for a Brighter Future.
Faculty Member's Photos Featured in Slate
Photos taken by Jacqueline Schlossman, Assistant Professor of Photography,
Fine & Performing Arts Division, were recently featured in
Slate, an online magazine of news, politics, technology, and culture. Schlossman's photos were published alongside a colleague's essay as part of a collaborative project at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, entitled “What Litter Tells Us About the Border Crisis."
See the photos here!
Photograph taken by Jacqueline Schlossman, as published in Slate
SAC Athletes Finish Spring Season Strong
Santa Ana College Athletics finished strong as three teams completed their 2021 Spring seasons with great outcomes:
Emily Rosas was named the 2021 Orange Empire Conference MVP while leading SAC Softball to a second-place finish with a record of 19-8,
four members of the Santa Ana Baseball team were named to the 2021 All-Orange Empire Conference (OEC) First Team following a second-place finish in the shortened season, and
Frida Arreola and Aubree Macdonald advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2021 Orange Empire Conference Beach Pairs Championships. Stay up to date with all Santa Ana College Athletics news and highlights at
Emily Rosas, SAC Softball
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Annual Scholarships Awarded by Kiwanis Club
For nearly a decade, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana has generously supported students at Santa Ana College through its annual scholarship program. This year's recipients were delighted to meet and celebrate with club members at a luncheon held in June. A total of $58,000 in scholarships were awarded to six transferring and continuing SAC students who were selected through panel interviews with Kiwanis representatives. Santa Ana College is extremely grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana for their longstanding partnership on behalf of our students, and we congratulate the 2021 scholarship winners!
Kiwanis Club President Michael Moss, SAC Scholarship Coordinator Nandini Puri, Interim SAC President Dr. Marilyn Flores, and Kiwanis Club Scholarship Chair Dr. Lew Bratcher with 2021 scholarship winners Jocelin Mata, Diana Mayorquin, Tai Nguyen, Kimberly Garcia Flores, Aracely Vargas, Sareth Vargas, and Dafne Lopez
MUFG Union Bank Recognized as Scholarship Honoree of the Year
In May, the Santa Ana College Foundation honored the support of donors and community partners, along with the achievements of SAC's most deserving students, during its annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony.
During the virtual event, MUFG Union Bank was recognized for its long-term commitment and positive impact on student success initiatives, including establishing an endowed scholarship fund at Santa Ana College to help underrepresented, high-achieving students realize their dreams for higher education and a stable financial future. Congratulations to Rossina Gallegos, Director and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, and everyone at MUFG Union Bank for being named Scholarship Donor of the Year!
Rossina Gallegos with Santa Ana College students
High School Students Encouraged to Explore Higher Education
Despite limitations imposed by the pandemic, SAC's Student Services Coordinator for High School Articulation, Raquel Requena Ramirez, continued providing opportunities for high school students to explore the many
Career Education pathways offered at SAC and facilitate their transition into higher education. This spring, she attended the SCE Student Success Pathways Conference, Sunburst College Fair, and held several articulation meetings with CTE ROP (which includes SAUSD, OUSD, and GGUSD), North OC ROP, and other high school partners. Degree and certificate options presented included the “Money Matters," “Design, Make & Move," and “Helping Others"
Career and Academic Pathways (CAPs), as well as credit programs for adult students, including Pharmacy Technology and Automotive Technology.
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Californians Invited to Define Their Communities Through Redistricting
Every 10 years, after the federal government publishes updated census information, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and State Board of Equalization districts, so that the districts correctly reflect the state's population. SAC'S Civic Engagement Committee is working with the California Citizens Redistricting Commission to examine best processes to educate our students, staff, and community about the redistricting process. To learn more, or to attend a Redistricting Educational Session, click here.
Californians invited to “Draw the Lines" through redistricting
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Raised by Ed Arnold Golf Classic for Student Athletes
SAC graduates celebrated at Commencement
Face-to-face Summer courses
Face-to-face Fall courses
Tuition fees for all 2021 CA high school grads this Fall